What do you use to help you feel better when you are having a hard time? It can include things you must do, things you could choose to do and things you would like to try using. Some ideas might be:

  • Do something fun or creative, something you really enjoy, like art, reading, crossword puzzle, photography, fishing, going to a movie, or gardening.
  • Get some exercise. Exercise is a great way to help yourself feel better while improving your overall health. The right exercise can even be fun.
  • Write something. Writing can help you feel better. Don’t worry about how well you write. It’s not important, it is only for you.
  • Wear something that makes you feel good. Everybody has certain clothes that they enjoy wearing. These are things to ear when you need to comfort yourself.
  • Use your spiritual resources. These resources vary from person to person. This may mean praying, going to church, or reaching out to a member or the clergy. For others, it is meditating or reading affirmations and other kinds of inspirational materials. Remember, you can be spiritual without being religious.
  • Do something routine. When you don’t feel well, it helps to do something “normal” like taking a shower, walking the dog, or getting gas in the car.
  • Get some little things done. It feels good to accomplish something, even a very small thing. Some ideas are clean out one drawer or read a page in a favorite book.
  • Learn something new. Think of something you are interested in and find some information on the topic using the library or the internet.
  • Be present in the moment (mindfulness). Focus your attention on what you are doing right now. Look at nature. Feel the weather. Look at the sky.
  • Expose yourself to something that smells good to you.
  • Stare at something pretty or that has special meaning. Stop what you are doing and look at a flower or a picture of a loved one. Notice how much better you feel.

  • Play with children in your family or with a pet. Petting an animal, reading a book to a child, or rocking an infant can have a calming effect.
  • Do a relaxation exercise. Sit down in a comfortable chair and take several deep breaths. Starting with your toes, focus your attention on each part of your body and let it relax. When you have relaxed your whole body, notice how you feel. Then, focus your attention for a few minutes on a favorite scene, like a warm day in spring or a walk at the ocean, before returning to your other activities.
  • Take a warm bath. Warm water is relaxing and healing.
  • Listen to & make music. If you enjoy music, make it an essential part of the day
  • Sing. Singing helps. It fills your lungs with fresh air and makes you feel better.
  • Tell a good friend or family member how you feel. Ask them to not give you advice, just to listen. When finished you can discuss what to do about the problem.
  • Tell your mental health provider how you are feeling and ask for support. If you don’t have a provider, contact FHCB.
  • Spend time with people you enjoy. People who make you feel good about yourself. Avoid people who aren’t supportive.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help with responsibilities – like taking care of children, chores, work-related tasks – so you have time to take care of yourself.
  • Learn about what you are experiencing. This will allow you to make good decisions about your treatment; where you live, how to spend money, etc.
  • Eat healthy food. Limit your sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and heavily salted foods.
  • Spend at least one-half hour outdoors every day if possible. Let as much light into your home or work as possible – roll-up shades, turn on the lights, etc.

To get more ideas, notice things you do throughout the day and ask friends and/or family members for suggestions. Make sure you have many choices to choose from in times of stress. If you feel positive and hopeful when you look at your list, then you have enough. Be sure to add to your list if you get an idea of things you would like to try and cross things off that don’t work out.

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